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SALEM—Some Oregon leaders worry that delaying the state’s April 15 income tax deadline could undercut funding for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) addresses concerns regarding his work on climate change raised by Bruce Schwartz, at left, during a town hall at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles Friday, March 15, 2019.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is working on a multi-pronged mandate to slow the spread of coronavirus, but she is not expected to issue the full-fledged “stay-at-home” order that Portland-area officials want.
Her actions include the closure of all state parks as of Monday

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SALEM – Two key Oregon legislators are proposing a 90-day plan for Oregonians to avoid evictions, get food, and keep health insurance while directing banks to help businesses survive with interest-free loans.

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Oregon’s K-12 schools now are closed for six weeks, through April 28.

 Gov. Kate Brown announced the extended school closure late Tuesday, hours after talking with reporters by phone and announcing that 150 of the state’s 197 school districts had found ways to provide meals to children.

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SALEM – Turning to a “last resort” she hoped to avoid, Gov. Kate Brown Thursday night ordered all Oregon schools closed for at least two weeks to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, affecting 583,000 students from Portland to Ashland, from Coos Bay to Nyssa.

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Life in Oregon undergoes a dramatic change Thursday, as Gov. Kate Brown bans large gatherings, major universities shift to remote classes for 80,000 students, local schools are urged to cancel events, and medical professionals can ramp up testing for the novel coronavirus.

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Oregon health officials are taking emergency steps to confront the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state as new cases emerged over the weekend.

State issues guidance for schools and universities.

State scrambles for funding.

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The Wasco County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to the passing of cap and trade bills during the Oregon legislature’s short session on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Wasco County Courthouse.

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The Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) will host an informational meeting for business taxpayers and tax professionals about the administrative rules for Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) in The Dalles Wednesday, March 4.

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SALEM—Democrats in the Oregon House moved Thursday to force Republicans back to the Capitol Thursday, issuing subpoenas to 21 state representatives that would compel them to explain their disappearing act from Salem.

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SALEM — The Capitol became a place without Republicans Tuesday, an extraordinary act of defiance of the control by Democrats.Their absence is grinding to a halt votes in the House and the Senate, plugging the political pipeline meant to cure immediate needs of Oregonians.

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The Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) will host a series of meetings in the first week of March in central Oregon, eastern Oregon and the Columbia River gorge to provide information to business taxpayers and tax professionals about the administrative rules for Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT). DOR will be in The Dalles Wednesday, March 4, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) lecture hall, building 2, 400 Scenic Drive.

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 SALEM — Republican legislators on Tuesday put the brakes on the Oregon Legislature, disrupting an evening session of the House by leaving in protest because they said their members needed more time to consider contentious bills.

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As the 2020 legislative session enters its third week, the Legislature has passed its second deadline for bills to remain viable.

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